The product of an extremely close working relationship between performers and composer, L’Errance… is a remarkable collection of the complete music for string quartet by acclaimed contemporary Canadian composer Robert Lemay. Through many years of collaboration, this album offers a unique perspective on Lemay’s music from the Silver Birch String Quartet and pianist Yoko Hirota. Through works inspired by Dutch film maker Wim Wenders, Saskatchewan visual artist Eli Bornstein, and Quebec film maker Bernard Émond, Lemay creates evocative harmonies and textures brought vividly to life by some of Canada’s finest interpreters of contemporary music.
The Silver Birch String Quartet is one of Canada’s most innovative young quartets, known for high-energy live performances and unique projects expanding the boundaries of traditional chamber music. Recently appointed String Quartet-in-Residence at Laurentian University in Sudbury (Ontario), the quartet regularly collaborates with many of Canada’s finest chamber musicians, and has
performed in concerts across North America. Their first album “Silverbirch” with Montreal jazz-pianist John Roney earned them a 2010 JUNO nomination, 2 Félix nominations in Quebec, as well as a 5-star review in the Montreal Gazette. Strongly committed to the music of our time, the SBSQ regularly commissions and performs music by Canadian and international composers, both established and emerging. The SBSQ has been the recipient of several prestigious grants from the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, and FACTOR.
Silver Birch String Quartet
featuring pianist Yoko Hirota